Gear Up & Go! program successfully transitions to Sqord!
After three successful years of helping fifth graders across Snohomish County get excited about fitness by providing a program that allowed them to become more aware of their activity and movement, the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition (SCHLC) is pleased to announce the Gear Up & Go! program has made a full transition to a community-based self-sustaining model.
On July 1, 2016, the program moved under the management of Sqord, the company that provided the hardware (wristbands) and software behind the popular program. The SCHLC discovered Sqord when it began looking for a technology partner in 2013. At that time, Sqord had approximately 1,500 wristbands in circulation. The Coalition multiplied that seven-fold in the first year, and tripled that again in the next two years. And, thanks to Coalition members who gave generously the last three years to support the program and incubate a movement, Sqord has since had program rollouts in Anchorage, Alaska, Seattle, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, Portland, Oregon, Montana and California – applying the lessons and approaches learned right here in Snohomish County!
“This was the Coalition’s first initiative, and a successful transition to a community based self-sustaining model was always the goal,” said Scott Forslund, director of the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition. “Sqord is the right partner to take this program and grow it in Snohomish County, and we look forward to its continued success under Sqord’s leadership.”
For more information about the program, please visit the Sqord Website.
What we accomplished together:
- Secured grant funding from the Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), thru Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington, for a three-year study to evaluate the program and determine best practices
- Approximately 28,000 students, representing 103 schools in Snohomish County participated in the program between 2013 and 2016
- Student activity levels increased 12.1 percent from the beginning to the end of 2013-2014 school year. That’s a jump from 3,525 points per hour to 3,950 points per hour, for all you Sqord fans.
- Activity levels increased 15.9 percent from the beginning to the end of the 2014-2015 school year (4,565 points per hour to 5,290 points per hours). Way to go!
- Since the program’s inception 38,156,144,229 points have been earned. This is equal to about 9,539,036,057 steps!
- Twelve out of 15 districts had at least one top performing school.
- GUGO! administered a supplemental survey to the Healthy Youth Survey and found 35% of sixth-graders who were active GUGO! participants the previous year, reported at least an hour a day of physical activity vs. 24% reported for non-participants.
What we learned together:
- Economic status played no role in a child’s success in this program. Kids from all socio-economic backgrounds participated and succeeded.
- The program provided P.E. teachers from districts across the county a much-needed forum for sharing information and lessons learned throughout the school year.
- Students who regularly wore the Sqord fitness-tracking band had high activity levels. The more they wore the band, the more active they were.
- Previously inactive students who stuck with GUGO! increased their activity levels by 55 percent!
- Students in the highest participation category had a 53 percent higher hourly activity rate than those in the lowest category.
- Success was based not only on the provided technology, but on program support at the district level as well as the school leadership and classroom levels.
Thank you for your support of Gear Up & Go!